Rhone River cruises explore the beautiful Provence region in southern France. Often, sailings of the Rhone are paired with sailings of the Saone River, which runs through the Burgundy region. A Rhône River cruise is a great way to explore the cultural and historic riches of southern France. Whether you're interested in history, culture, or natural beauty, the Rhône River offers a diverse range of experiences and sights to explore.Sample celebrated Cote du Rhone wines in the twin cities of Tournon and Tain L'Hermitage, which face each other across the river. Visit the immense Gothic Palace of the Popes in Avignon, called the "City of Popes" because it was the seat of the papacy in the 14th century. Viviers is a very beautiful old town nestled between hills and the river, and its narrow, cobblestoned lanes invite exploration.
Itineraries also call at 2,000-year-old Lyon, known as France's epicurean center and located at the convergence of the Rhone and Saone. Much of it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can survey the city from atop Fourviere Hill and explore ancient Roman ruins. More Roman treasures await in Arles, where the vistas inspired artist Vincent Van Gogh, who arrived in 1888 and produced more than 300 works during his tenure here.
Here are some of the top destinations and attractions that you might see on a Rhône River cruise:
Lyon: Lyon is a historic city in France that is known for its stunning architecture, including the Roman ruins, the medieval Old Town, and the UNESCO-listed Presqu'ile district. Other highlights of a visit to Lyon might include the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Musee des Beaux-Arts, and the local cuisine.
Vienne: Vienne is a charming town in France that is known for its Roman ruins, including the Temple of Augustus and Livia and the Théâtre Antique. Other highlights of a visit to Vienne might include a tour of the historic town center, the Saint-Maurice Cathedral, and the local wineries.
Avignon: Avignon is a historic city in France that is known for its stunning architecture, including the UNESCO-listed Palais des Papes, the famous Avignon Bridge, and the medieval Old Town. Other highlights of a visit to Avignon might include the Rocher des Doms gardens, the Saint-Bénézet Chapel, and the local cuisine.
Arles: Arles is a charming town in France that is known for its Roman ruins, including the famous Amphitheatre and the Alyscamps necropolis. Other highlights of a visit to Arles might include a tour of the historic town center, the Van Gogh Foundation museum, and the local Provençal markets.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a small and charming village in France that is known for its local wineries and the stunning Châteauneuf-du-Pape Castle. Other highlights of a visit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape might include a wine tasting, a visit to the local vineyards, and a tour of the picturesque village center.
These are just a few of the many destinations and attractions that you might see on a Rhône River cruise.
Our cruises are hassle-free because all the details are handled for you by experienced tour directors. And in each stop along the way, sightseeing guides show you the top attractions and share their knowledge of the local history, culture and cuisine. Plus, these trips are easy to budget, because so much is included in one price that you pay up front.
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